SAS Announces Massive European Expansion

Scandinavian flag carrier SAS has kicked 2020 up a notch with the announcement of 14 new direct routes from their hub airports, five of which are totally new destinations for the carrier. 

SAS has revealed a large European route expansion for 2020. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

What are the details?

SAS has hit the ground running for next year and revealed several key route changes. These new routes are focusing on summer destinations such as the Greek islands, the Medterrian and Spain.

“It’s great to see so many choosing to travel with SAS in the holiday season. We’re constantly developing our offering in line with what our passengers ask for.  I’m proud that we can now present a strong offering for next summer with attractive, seasonal destinations for our passengers,” says Karl Sandlund, EVP Commercial, SAS in their press release. 

What are the new routes?

The first four new routes will be direct flights from Copenhagen to Bari, Rhodes, Tivat, and Zadar.

The new routes from Denmark. Photo: GC Maps

Not stopping there, SAS is also planning two new routes from Aarhus to Alicante in Spain and Chania on Crete in Greece, plus increased frequencies to Malaga and Palma (Majorca) in Spain.

The new routes from Alicante, Denmark. Photo: GC Maps

There will also be a new direct flight from Oslo to Valencia, as well as frequency increases to Malaga, Palma (Majorca) and Alicante. Oslo to Kyiv, Ukraine will also see an increase from summer seasonal to year-round.

The new route from Oslo. Photo: GC Maps

Norway’s Bergen Airport will get a new route to Barcelona as well as a route from Haugesund to Copenhagen.

The new routes from the smaller Norwegian airports. Photo: GC Maps

Additionally, SAS will be extending frequency between Stockholm and Beruit, as well as making Stockholm to Luxembourg year-round.

What will the onboard service be like?

These new routes will all be operated by new Airbus A320neos (SAS has an outstanding order book for 53 more A320neos) which can carry 180 passengers in an all-economy configuration.

Currently, in Scandinavia there is a push back against flying as it is seen as very un-environmentally friendly. Thus, SAS has been quick to highlight the ‘greenness’ of their aircraft fleet operating these routes.

Electric Airbus
Airbus is working with SAS to research the impact of introducing electric aircraft to help the environment. Photo: Airbus

“We are working constantly on our offering so that more people can travel with us, but with less impact on the climate. New aircraft with lower fuel consumption, investments in biofuel and our carbon dioxide compensation scheme for trips made by our Eurobonus members, are just a few examples of our ambitious plans to convert to more sustainable travel,” says Karl Sandlund.

Whether or not this will be enough to satisfy the growing green movement in their home country remains to be seen, but we like to think these great new direct routes for the summer holidays will be too good to pass up!

What do you think about the new routes? Will you be flying them? Let us know in the comments.